Advancing Open Access in IT Law (German)

While the number of online publications of scholarly works within the field of Law is increasing, the number of Open Access publications have always been relatively low compared to other subjects. Books on legal aspects of all kinds of topics concerning digitalization are on the rise throughout all Peter Lang‘s series in Law. Especially in areas like artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotic cars, cryptocurrencies, crypto investments, smart contracts, and legal aspects of neuromarketing. There is even more to be expected within the next 3 years.

What is Peter Lang IT Law?

Cooperative Model
Editorial Board
The Benefits
Pricing Structure
Cooperative Model

Peter Lang will make 30 frontlist titles in IT Law (German language) available Open Access over 3 years.

The KU library crowdfunding model will be used to collect library support for a three-year period.

Peter Lang already showed its commitment by releasing 5 backlist titles in 2018, free of charge to libraries.

The 10 new monographs per year will be selected by a specialized editorial board.

Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren, Law professor and a former Court of Appeal Judge (Universität Münster)


Prof. Dr. Georgios Gounalakis, Professor of Civil Law, Private International Law, Comparative Law and Media Law (Philipps-Universität Marburg)


Ivo Vogel, Head of Communications for Scholarly Services at the FID Academic Services and Specialised Information Service Law Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz

The Benefits

Supporting institutions contribute to supporting Open Access in German IT Law and overcoming the reservations against Open Access publishing in the Law discipline.

The end result will be 35 german language titles in IT Law openly available to everyone.

Key Benefits:

High Quality MARC records will be provided for all titles

Participating Institutions receive Quarterly usage reporting

All titles will be hosted on one central hosting platform

Pricing Structure

Price per year over a period of 3 years. (Price excl. VAT)

Pledging for this collection is extended


The price per institution will decrease according to the number of participants.

The „Fachinformationsdienst für internationale und interdisziplinäre Rechtsforderung“ at Berlin State Library has already guaranteed a large contribution, meaning a reduced price per participating library.


20 institutions participate: $2,530 // €2,145 // £1,888

30 institutions participate: $1,690 // €1,430 // £1,260

40 institutions participate: $1,265 // €1,075 // £945

Backlist Book Titles

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Knowledge Unlatched and Peter Lang reach agreement on publication of IT-Law program in Gold Open Access

Berlin/Bern, 19.09.2018. The Peter Lang publishing group and the Knowledge Unlatched (KU) Open Access marketplace have reached an agreement on the promotion of Open Access publications in the field of law. Under the terms of the agreement, Peter Lang undertakes to publish ten legal monographs in Gold Open Access per year for an initial period of three years starting in 2019. The titles must originate from the field of IT law and give preference to legal implications of digitisation. An independent panel of experts consisting of Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) and Prof. Dr. Georgios Gounalakis (Phillips-Universität Marburg) will select titles that stand out in terms of topicality, relevance and practical insights. The monographs are financed by the Knowledge Unlatched platform, which calls upon libraries to promote Open Access within the framework of its crowdfunding model ("Pledge"). In addition, Peter Lang will provide five legal titles from his Open Access backlist in 2018.

Peter Lang-CEO Kelly Shergill: "While Open Access is already widely accepted in many disciplines, there have been comparatively few approaches in the legal sciences to making scientific texts freely accessible. Research literature on cutting-edge IT law topics in particular benefits from unrestricted and free access to quality-checked scientific information on the Internet. The jurisprudential series of Peter Lang reflect these topics, at the same time we support the principle of free access to research results. We are therefore pleased to be able to promote Open Access in the legal sciences in cooperation with Knowledge Unlatched."

"Knowledge Unlatched is the central platform for Open Access in all disciplines," says Dr. Sven Fund, Managing Director of Knowledge Unlatched. "Together with Peter Lang, we are pleased to be able to provide attractive titles in the hitherto rather neglected legal sciences with the help of Open Access libraries."

Libraries can now provide financial support for the publication of new titles in Open Access.

About Knowledge Unlatched (KU): Knowledge Unlatched (KU) offers free access to scholarly content for every reader across the world. Our online platform provides libraries worldwide with a central place to support Open Access models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives.


Knowledge Unlatched:

Philipp Hess


Peter Lang:

Susanne Schettler